SCRS to Present Parts Procurement Session at SEMA

From CollisionWeek©

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) announced that it has organized an interactive presentation on insurer mandated parts procurement programs as part of its Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series during the SEMA Show in November.

Featuring Rex Crowther, Editor of Panel Talk Magazine in New Zealand (NZ), and David Newton-Ross, Editor of The National Collision Repairer in Australia and The NZ Collision Repairer, the two hour session entitled “Bidding Wars: A Global View on the Possible Economic Impact of Insurer Involvement in Parts Procurement” will begin at 12:30pm on Thursday November 1, and is being held in the Upper North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

SCRS notes that while online bidding requirements for parts procurement have only recently entered the U.S. market, other countries such as New Zealand have dealt with parts tendering mandates by carriers for many years. The RDE session has been designed to provide attendees with a global perspective on the economic impact of NZ based bidding programs, procedural impacts the program has had on cycle times and estimating practices, and changes the program has had on repairer/supplier relationships. It will also include a historical overview of the national rollout, changes made to the program along the way, and market impact from inception to present day; including an oration of market response at various points throughout the past eight-plus years.

“Having seen firsthand the impact PartsTrader has had on the industry here in NZ, and hearing how different both PartsTrader and State Farm are saying it is going to be in the U.S., I struggle to see any advantage for repairers, or much real advantage for State Farm,” said Crowther, who has been involved in the NZ collision repair industry since 1967. “This makes me suspicious of the end game, as all repairers’ margins are vulnerable through this program and surely any insurer is out to maximize their profits for their stakeholders.”

Crowther is the former owner of two Auckland, NZ based repair facilities for 28 years. Additionally, Crowther served as the Executive Chairman of the New Zealand Collision Repair Association from 1999 to 2004. He has also served on the board of I-CAR NZ for the last ten years and was Chairman for two years. Rex has also served on the board of the Motor Industry Training Organisation (MITO), which is responsible for all motor industry apprentice and advanced training.

A complete listing of the RDE sessions can be found at

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